Top 5 Things to Look for in a Dentist

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Whether you're needing a simple check up or dental implants, finding a great dentist that fits your needs can be a struggle. Here at Dr. Austin Roberts Family and Implant Dentistry, we strive to be that office for you. However, we get a lot of messages from friends that wish they could come to our practice, but live too far away to make the trip. They also aren't sure how to search for a practice that will suit their needs. There are several things you should keep in mind when deciding between potential dentists. So, we've compiled a list of the top 5 things to look for in a dental practice.

A Friendly Dental Staff

A friendly staff is a good first indicator of a dental office that will put your interests ahead of themselves. Our team works hard to make the initial new patient on-boarding process and your examination enjoyable and stress-free. Look for a dental office that has a staff that treats you like they would want to be treated. Stay away from offices that are unfriendly or ignore you and your questions or concerns.. 

A Dental Staff that Respects Your Time

If you're constantly on the move and have a list of things to check off for the day, it can be a challenge to fit a dentist appointment in the middle of it all.  Look for a dental office that allows for streamlined and convenient communication options to set up an appointment, change your insurance on file, get x-rays and other requests. All dentists need to value their patient’s time. While you need to be understanding and respectful of what goes into an examination, the dentist has just as much responsibility for making sure they don’t take advantage of your schedule. 

Ongoing Education and Training

There are ways to ensure you are getting the most from this important healthcare treatment. Though going to a dentist may not always be pleasant, it is crucial to make sure the dental staff is up to date with the latest developments.  Due to the fast developing nature of clinical and administrative technology, dentists and their staff need to regularly update their skills to meet the needs and expectations of the industry and their patients.

Up-To-Date and Modern Technology

Save yourself some time and money by doing research to ensure you are getting your money's worth. Over the past few decades, advances in clinical practices and innovative technological breakthroughs have been revolutionizing the dental field. To guarantee the best service available, check the website to see if the office is up to date with dental technology. If not, give them a call! They should be happy to answer your questions and provide you with all the information you need to make your decision easier. If they haven't updated their technology in ages, consider looking into other dentists in the area.

Quality of Service 

If you want to know whether a dentist is good at taking care of his or her patients, ask them! Check the dentist's website and their social media pages for customer testimonials and reviews to see what the patients have to say about the quality of care or service provided. If the reviews are  positive, you know you’re headed in the right direction! Ultimately, you want to look for a dentist  that do great work and only charge you for what you need or request.

So, as you can see, there’s a lot that goes into finding the right dentist. But as long as you stick to our list, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed, no matter where you go. If you have any questions, please feel free to text, facebook message, or call our office at 423.713.5555 and we would be more than willing to answer your questions.